U.S. And Turkey Resume Limited Visa Services


On November 6, 2017, nearly one month after suspending nonimmigrant visa services at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara and the U.S. Consulates in Istanbul and Adana due to the arrest of a U.S. Consular Employee in Istanbul, the U.S. Mission in Turkey announced the “limited resumption of visa services in Turkey.” Per the statement, lifting the recent suspension followed “initial high level assurances from the Government of Turkey that there are no additional local employees of our Mission in Turkey under investigation.” According to the U.S. Mission in Turkey, the Turkish Government also provided assurances that “local staff will not be detained or arrested for performing their official duties and that Turkish authorities will inform the U.S. government in advance if the Government of Turkey intends to detain or arrest a member of our local staff in the future.”

The Statement is short on details concerning what “limited visa services” actually entails. However, a Q&A released in conjunction with the Statement indicates that processing nonimmigrant visas on “a limited basis” translates to “a reduced number of appointments” available to non-immigrant visa applicants. Beyond longer wait times, it is unclear if nonimmigrant visa services will return to normal.

This move, in conjunction with the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim’s trip to Washington, D.C. this week to meet with Vice President Mike Pence , hopefully represents a cooling-off of recent tensions between the United States and Turkey . However, if the Embassy of Turkey’s statement announcing it would re-commence visa services is any indication, the Turkish Government does not appear to concede the U.S.’ reasoning for suspending and ultimately resuming visa processing in Turkey.

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Joshua H. Rolf Josh Rolf is an associate at Green and Spiegel U.S., LLC in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a very experienced attorney who can assist you on your immigration needs. Josh earned his Juris Doctor from Temple University Beasley School of Law (2013), where he graduated cum laude. While at Temple, Josh served as a Teaching Assistant in Temple’s full-year Integrated Transactional Program, where he assisted other law students gain experience in client counseling in the transactional setting. Josh completed his undergraduate studies at The George Washington University (2008), where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Spanish Language and Literature. Immediately after completing his undergraduate studies, Josh moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he lived for 1.5 years and taught English at multi-national companies in the agricultural and energy industries. Combined with his studies in Spain and Costa Rica, Josh’s extensive international experience allows him to bring a truly global perspective to his practice. Moreover, Josh is a fluent Spanish speaker, which has enabled him to assist clients in a variety of non-immigrant visa applications, employment-based visa petitions, and applications for permanent residency in both English and Spanish. Josh’s professional experience also extends to representing clients at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, in Immigration Court, and in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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